Chapter 30: Throw Yourself into My Arms — Hmm?
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After sending Ouyang Feng to the hospital, the Doctor concluded he had only suffered external injuries after a detailed check-up. He should be fine after two nights of observation. Wen Xinya left shortly after.
Wen Xinya looked at the time and realized it was already afternoon. Grampy should have arrived at the Southern City. She then gave him a call from her cell phone. The call was answered instantly, “Hello, is this Xinya? Old Zhang and I have arrived in Southern City. We have just checked into our hotel. Do not worry.”
From his powerful voice, Wen Xinya knew he was doing well and was relieved. “Grampy, please take care of yourself and remember to rest well,” she said.
Old Master Mo acknowledged. “Yes, I know. How come you are as long-winded as Old Zhang?”
Wen Xinya replied with an offended tone, “Grampy, that’s too much! I am just being concerned about your health and here you are, complaining about my long-windedness.”
“I’m just kidding. I know you are concerned about my health and am elated. How will I ever find you long-winded?” Old Master Mo said jokingly.
Wen Xinya decided to let him off the hook. “Grampy, please help me find a trusted lawyer! I have to handle a situation.”
She knew that it wouldn’t be convenient for her to show up to the illegal money-lenders whom Ouyang Feng owed his debts to. She had decided to engage a lawyer to front the matter on her behalf. Other than preventing herself from getting into trouble, working through a lawyer also represented authority towards the money-lenders. Grampy enjoyed a high level of status in the literary world, thus it wouldn’t be difficult for him to introduce her to a few good lawyers.
Though Old Master Mo was curious, he didn’t ask for the motive. He told Wen Xinya, “Both your mother and I have worked with the same lawyer. He is a reliable person. You can get him to help you. I’ll give him a call shortly and let him arrange a meeting with you.”
Wen Xinya replied happily, “Thank you, Grampy!”
When she returned to the Mo Family’s bungalow, Wen Xinya saw Si Yiyan speaking to another man. This man was around 30 years of age, with well-defined features and wearing a suit. She guessed that he should be the lawyer Grampy was talking about.
Just as expected, the suited man stood up when he saw Wen Xinya and introduced himself, “Missus Wen, nice to meet you. I am Qiu Yifan, an attorney from the Chaofan Lawyer Corporation. Please feel free to let me know if there’s anything I can help with.” Then he respectfully handed her his business card.
Wen Xinya received it with both hands. “Attorney Qiu, nice to meet you. I do have a favor to ask you.”
Qiu Yifan responded with a serious expression on his face, “It’s my pleasure to be of service to Missus Wen.”
Wen Xinya looked towards Si Yiyan.
Si Yiyan understood her gesture. He slowly stood up from his chair and excused himself, “Please carry on with your conversation. I’m going to the backyard for a stroll.”
Wen Xinya was pretty satisfied with Si Yiyan’s understanding. After he had exited from the living room, Wen Xinya looked at Qiu Yifan with a smile. “Attorney Qiu, please take a seat.”
Qiu Yifan got seated with care and a stern look on his face.
Wen Xinya started brewing from the teapot. Her actions were as smooth as the flow of water, as if she had practiced the same move for a thousand times. There were quality and calmness in every move. Qiu Yifan started to think differently about this teenage girl.
Wen Xinya poured him a cup of tea. She said, “I have just recently picked up tea-brewing and am still learning. Please pardon me if I’ve made any mistakes.”
Qiu Yifan laughed. “Missus Wen, your tea-brewing skills are amazing.”
With the firmness in his tone and expression, Wen Xinya was almost convinced that she had perfected her tea-brewing skills. That’s the talent of lawyers. They are able to speak with conviction. “I have a friend who borrowed some money from illegal money-lenders. I would like you to front this matter,” she said.
Qiu Yifan answered with assurance, “That is a small matter. I will get it done for you, Missus Wen.”
Wen Xinya passed him the bank card Wen Haowen gave to her and said, “Thank you, Attorney Qiu. I will get my friend to contact you.”
Qiu Yifan replied, “You are most welcomed, Missus Wen.”
Wen Xinya raised the teacup in front of her with respect. “Attorney Qiu, please give me your guidance in the future.”
Lawyers have another unique capability of judging people with accuracy. He noticed that the Missus Wen from the Wen Family had portrayed an attractive charisma and knew she would become an influential character one day.
The Qiu Family had been lawyers for two generations and had been serving the Mo Family since. Naturally, the two families had developed a positive relationship and Qiu Yifan was happy for Old Master Mo for having a capable granddaughter who displayed such unique characteristics at a young age.
Wen Xinya accompanied Attorney Qiu to the door during his departure. When she returned to the living room, Si Yiyan was sitting at her seat. He took her unfinished cup of tea and sniffed.
With his eyes half-closed, he enjoyed the fragrance from the remaining tea. He did it with a graceful movement. However, there seemed to be a flirtatious meaning behind it.
Wen Xinya blushed. “That was my teacup. I’ve drunk from it earlier,” she said angrily.
Si Yiyan smiled plainly. “I know. There isn’t anything unique about the tea itself, but it carried a fragrance from something else.”
He rotated the teacup in his hands while speaking. Wen Xinya noticed a barely visible mark of her pink lipstick on one side of the Ruku porcelain cup.
Wen Xinya froze, as if she had been struck by lightning and wasn’t able to react in time. She felt like someone had taken advantage of her. Was that really what happened?
Si Yiyan was smiling. His mesmerizing eyes sparkled with glitter, like a glass placed under a colorful light. His vision focused on her while he continued rotating the teacup. Then he placed the side with the lipstick into contact with his own lips.
Wen Xinya couldn’t believe her eyes. Was this considered kissing? She couldn’t fathom why he was behaving this way. He was openly flirting with her in such an elegant way. It felt like it was perfectly natural for him to take advantage of her.
Wen Xinya instantly recovered from her daze, overcoming her shock from his flirtatious act. It was true that he had taken advantage of her. She snatched the teacup from him angrily. “Return my teacup to me.”
Si Yiyan leaned back against the chair. Wen Xinya lost her balance and fell right onto his chest. He held her waist with one arm and said, “Throwing yourself into my arms, hmm?”
Wen Xinya was slim. Holding her in his arms felt comfortable, and he could smell the mild fragrance from her body, except she was boney. It would have been better if…
“Go to hell. I am seriously warning you, you’d better let go of me. Otherwise, I will not be nice to you.” Wen Xinya panicked. She detected a nice bamboo smell from his body. She tried hitting and kicking non-stop, struggling to get herself up, almost forgetting the way she dealt with the molester earlier.
Si Yiyan knew she was really angry now, thus he immediately let go of her. “Through my actions earlier, I just wanted to let you know it is impolite to leave your lipstick on the teacup. This is an act of not showing respect to the owner,” he said.
Wen Xinya’s anger was dissipated by his words. She controlled her emotions and stared at him with eyes wide open. “So, does it mean I should thank you for sacrificing your body to give me such a valuable lesson?”
Si Yiyan replied coldly, “No need to thank me. But I hope the next time you want to go out or have other arrangements, please do inform me in advance. Have you forgotten we have a calligraphy lesson this afternoon?”
Wen Xinya was feeling a little embarrassed now by his cold reply. She remembered Grampy had indeed requested Si Yiyan to manage her learning schedules for calligraphy and chess. It was impolite of her to loiter outside without informing him. “I understand. I just went shopping earlier and bought some clothes,” she said.